WATERLOO (PRESS RELEASE)- The Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-4, 27-21) defeated the Waterloo Bucks (3-8, 22-24) 7-0 Saturday night at Riverfront Stadium. The Woodchucks scored crooked numbers early and starter Brock Stassi (2-1) cruised as the Woodchucks won their fourth straight game at Riverfront Stadium this season.
All-star righty Jared Wagoner (5-4) started for the Bucks, but ran into trouble when his defense failed to get key outs behind him. With a runner on in the third, Kevin Pillar hit a chopper to third base, but Brandon Williams's throw to second pulled Zach McCool off the base and everyone reached safely. Rob Lind then dropped down a sacrifice bunt but reached when Wagoner hesitated on the play, and Travis Whitmore came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. Whitmore walked to drive in the game's first run before Pat Terry drove a basehit to center that scored two more, with a third run scoring on an error, and the Woodchucks led 4-0. Lind, Whitmore, and Terry, the ‘Chucks 2-3-4 hitters, finished the night with an incredible 8 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
The Woodchucks added three more in the fourth when Kevin Pillar dropped down a bunt with 2 on and no outs. Brandon Williams's throw to first was wild and allowed two runs to score with Pillar going to third. Right fielder Landon Anderson retrieved the ball and three behind Pillar to third base, but that throw got past the base, allowing Pillar to score on a two-error, bunt inside-the-park homer.
Brock Stassi was in absolute cruise control for most of the balance of the game, pitching 7 shutout innings while allowing only 4 hits and striking out 4 while earning his second win of the season. 3 of Stassi's 4 strikeouts were called strike 3's, as Stassi was fooling Bucks hitters all night with his whole repertoire of pitches.
Jon Moscot of Pepperdine was activated to the roster shortly before game time and pitched scoreless 8th and 9th innings. Moscot struck out the first hitter he faced in his debut, and finished with 2 strikeouts.
The Woodchucks go for 5 straight in Iowa with Sunday's afternoon game. First pitch is at 3:05 and will feature a matchup of Nick Capito and Taylor Massey. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1390 AM, WSAU 550 AM, and WSAU 99.9 FM.
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